The 2014 Badger Cull in Somerset and GloucestershireKeith
The government has announced that the 2014 badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire has now started.
This is now the second year of the cull which is planned for another two further years and is another attempt to stop the spread of bovine TB in the cattle in these areas.
Elizabeth Truss, who is the Enviroment Secretary said: “We are pursuing a comprehensive strategy supported by leading vets, which includes cattle movement controls, vaccinating badgers in edge areas and culling badgers where the disease is rife.
“This is vital for the future of our beef and dairy industries, and our nation’s food security. At present we have the highest rates of bovine TB in Europe. Doing nothing is not an option and that is why we are taking a responsible approach to dealing with bovine TB.”
Police officers oversaw the release oof one trapped animal and the protesters saw this is a first victory in their campaign to to protect the badger population.
In Gloucestershire two well heeled campaigners came upon a badger trapped in a cage with cullers getting closer. This caused a standoff between the two groups until local policemen stepped in.
Hundreds of volunteers were out the first evening to try and cause as much disruption to the cull as possible said the Stop The Cull Organisation which advocates direct action in the Somerset and Gloucestershire counties.
In this incident the sabateurs contacted their HQ for advice and it appears that the Governments best practice policy guidlines is that trapped badgers should be freed if there is possible interference form third parties. The Stop The Cull organisation were pleased with the outcome of this incident.
Gloucestershire police force acknowledged the incident which they said was resolved without any incident and they said the decision to free the animal was made by a contractor employed for the cull operator.
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